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Showing 41 articles from November 25, 2011.

FRONT PAGE

County commissioners  approve redistricting map
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County commissioners approve redistricting map
Franklin County commissioners want to put a redistricting map in place that keeps Youngsville more whole, but at the same time moves one of the county’s largest communities into a new voting district.
After getting public input last week, including recommendations from Commissioners Don Lancaster and Penny McGhee, attorneys with Mel Black & Associates, the consultants charged with developing newly drawn election maps, presented a plan Monday night that generally keeps Youngsville intact as a voting community.

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Town Clerk demoted after audit discovery
Town Clerk demoted after audit discovery
FRANKLINTON — Officials demoted its long-time town clerk and decided to reorganize its administrative structure after an audit revealed fiscal weaknesses and deficiencies — including the fact that its clerk charged nearly $600 in travel expenses to the town.
“The board felt that these were appropriate actions to take in light of what arose from the audit,” Mayor Elic Senter said of the board’s decisions made during a special-called meeting this past Monday night.

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Next court date upcoming for former sheriff Green
Next court date upcoming for former sheriff Green
The case against former Sheriff Pat Green is slated to be a topic of discussion this week during a segment of superior court that determines how a case proceeds.
A grand jury indicted Green on Oct. 24, agreeing that prosecutors had enough evidence to proceed with charges that Green stole more than $200,000 from the sheriff’s office.

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FIRST-EVER THANKSGIVING
FIRST-EVER THANKSGIVING
If there is anything that will push the turkey out of the spotlight on Thanksgiving it’s a new baby experiencing its first-ever turkey day. Although tiny Evelyn Perry may have been way too young to enjoy turkey this year, Geraldine Manley (left) and Mary Margaret Norman were giving her plenty of extra attention at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner put on by A Blessing Inc., Thursday at Louisburg College.

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Louisburg focuses on FRMC changes
With little government business on a rather routine agenda, the Louisburg Town Council meeting focused largely on recent management changes at Franklin Regional Medical Center.
FRMC re-appeared on the council’s “radar” following an announcement last week that Novant Healthcare, its owner, had slashed nine jobs, including three top-level management positions, in a surprise cost-cutting move.

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Man airlifted following U.S. 1 accident
TAKE OFF. A Duke Lifeflight crew takes off from U.S. 1, transporting James Brandon Parker to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a Tuesday afternoon wreck.
Man airlifted following U.S. 1 accident
A Louisburg man was air-lifted to Duke Hospital following a two-vehicle wreck on Tuesday that shut down a section of U.S. 1 in Franklinton.
Indirectly, the Franklinton wreck also caused a three-car collision in Youngsville.
Unrelated, but on the same stretch of road, another man was injured after rolling a pickup truck at least four times.

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Berger announces Senate run
Berger announces Senate run
While state voting districts remain uncertain, Sen. Doug Berger said he was certainly ready to continue representing the people of Franklin County.
He formally announced his intentions to run for the Senate District 18 seat, allowing him to continue representing Franklin County.

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GiGi’s damaged by fire, again
YOUNGSVILLE — A business caught fire for the second time in just more than a year during a Thanksgiving day fire.
Firefighters from Youngsville, Franklinton, Wake Forest, Brassfield and Stony Hill responded to the fire at GiGi’s House just after 5 p.m. to find the restaurant, an upstairs apartment and adjacent building engulfed in flames.

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Franklin Face
Franklin Face
Bunn resident Aidan McKeithan

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OPINIONS/EDITORIALS

Editorial Cartoon: Snoop Doug
Editorial Cartoon: Snoop Doug

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Commissioners ambush us with approval of last minute redistricting map
Ambushed again!
Ambushed and steamrollered by a political process that stinks worse than a dead fish!
In an amazing deal fashioned in secret, Franklin County has a new system of political districts.
It’s called Alternate 5.

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Community events keep me busy
Community events keep me busy
It’s been quite an eventful week or so.
Collards.
Brunswick stew.
Arts.
Crafts.
A community dinner.
An Arts Council building rededication.

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Family, friends and neighborhood canines help celebrate my 84th birthday
Family, friends and neighborhood canines help celebrate my 84th birthday
GOOD MORNING: Well, I turned 84 Tuesday as I had noted in our Wednesday edition and thus far it hasn’t been all that bad. In fact it’s been pretty good. Teresa Wrenn, at Dr. Al Sayles’ office, who’s been keeping a close watch on my blood pressure since I suffered a stroke some several years ago, presented me with a delicious homemade Butter-Pecan Pound Cake when I stopped by Monday morning to get my blood pressure checked.

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County needs vision, not politics as usual
Dear Editor:
I appreciate the many positive responses I have received to my suggestion that Laurel Mill/Sandy Creek be considered as a site for a county park.

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Constant leadership, staff changes at hospital damage quality of service
Dear Editor:
Was it the late, great President Ronald Reagan who said, “Here we go again!”? Well, this applies to Franklin Regional Medical Center. Here we go again with the dismissing, laying off, etc. Same ole, same ole.

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OBITUARIES

DAVID “GLEN” RICHARDSON
WARRENTON —Funeral services for David “Glen” Richardson, 58, who died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, were held Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the St. Jones Richardson family cemetery, with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating.

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LIZZIE LEE HARRIS
ROLESVILLE - Funeral services for Lizzie Lee Harris, 66, who died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at Mitchiner’s Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Melvin Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Vines family cemetery.

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RASHAD “SHOD KNIGHT” MCKNIGHT
FRANKLINTON—   Funeral services for Rashad “Shad Knight” McKnight, 17, who died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Kinches Christian Church, with the Rev. Willie R. Nixon III officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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HORACE G. MURPHY
YOUNGSVILLE —Horace Gray Murphy, 67, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. Funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 25, at Flat Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary McNair officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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RANDAL RANKER
YOUNGSVILLE —Randal Ranker, 50, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home, Wake Forest.

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SPORTS

A ROAD OPENER
TAKING A SWIPE. Franklinton’s Jamal Johnson (left) tries to block a shot attempt by Northern Vance’s Montrey Clark during Tuesday’s game.
A ROAD OPENER
FRANKLINTON -- This season promises to be a historic one for the Franklinton Red Rams, who will be playing in a brand-new gymnasium on FHS’ state-of-the-art campus.
But first, Franklinton paid a visit to an old friend as the Red Rams kicked off their 2011-12 hoops campaign Tuesday with a road matchup against long-time non-conference opponent Northern Vance.

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FHS girls earn win vs. Vikes
GET OUTTA MY WAY. Franklinton’s Tamara Williams (with ball) tries to shoo away a Northern Vance defender during Tuesday’s girls basketball game at the NVHS Gym in Henderson.
FHS girls earn win vs. Vikes
FRANKLINTON -- Following a strong finish to the 2010-11 campaign, much was expected this time around for the Franklinton High School girls basketball squad under legendary head coach Lester Wilder.
Last year, Franklinton improved as the season progressed and defeated North Johnston in the semifinals of the Northern Carolina Conference Tournament.

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Young LHS Squad Rebuilds
ESCAPE ACT FOR THE WARRIORS. Louisburg High School grappler Tevin Arrington (right) tries to escape a Greenville Rose wrestler during Tuesday afternoon’s action at the annual Northern Nash Duals at the NN Gymnasium in Red Oak.
Young LHS Squad Rebuilds
LOUISBURG -- There are very few familiar faces currently involved with the Louisburg High School wrestling program.
Thankfully, for continuity’s sake, one of them is Courtney Tart. Even though Tart is new in his capacity as the head coach, he has spent four seasons as an assistant under Phil Mueller and Jason Crawford.

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Kagarise takes over for Bunn
Kagarise takes over for Bunn
When Randy Kagarise speaks in a positive manner about the future of the Bunn High School wrestling program, he knows what he’s talking about.
After all, Kagarise has been around Wildcats’ wrestling since the middle portion of the 2000s as an assistant to Mike Diaz.

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County Sports Schedule Week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3
High School Wrestling
WEDNESDAY
Bunn at Southern Vance    7 p.m.
THURSDAY
Franklinton at Kerr-Vance    6 p.m.

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Little Closer To Home
STANDOUT. Former Franklinton star Josh Woodburn (left) enjoyed a strong year for the Mount Olive College men’s soccer program.
Little Closer To Home
FRANKLINTON -- With his college career in a small bit of jeopardy, Josh Woodburn found a lifeline in the form of an old friend -- and coach.
Woodburn, Franklinton’s all-time leading scorer, had just completed his second year at Longwood University in Virginia when he learned that his financial aid award was going to be decreased.

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Mudcats announce worksheet for 2012
Mudcats announce worksheet for 2012
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats will open their 2012 season and the Carolina League era with a six-game homestand at Five County Stadium that begins on Friday, April 6, versus the Winston-Salem Dash.
The Mudcats will play their first season in the Carolina League as the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. 

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IT’S TYLER’S TIME
IT’S TYLER’S TIME
PRIZE BASS. Tyler Hegel, 8, hauled in this 8-pound largemouth bass during a recent fishing expedition at a Franklin County pond. It took quite an effort, but Tyler was able to do the job. He has caught numerous bass during his fishing career, but this is Tyler’s largest bass to date.

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Lady Hurricanes claim three home wins
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College picked up a trio of women’s basketball victories over the past week -- including a pair of decisions as part of LC’s annual Coca-Cola Classic at Holton Gymnasium.
LC is now a solid 7-1 under first-year head coach Brett Vana.
The Lady Hurricanes began their Coca-Cola action last Friday with a tough test against Allegany College from Maryland.

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Louisburg announces ‘12 softball schedule
Louisburg announces ‘12 softball schedule
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg College will begin its 2012 fast-pitch softball schedule on Feb. 11 with a road matchup in Raleigh against Methodist University.
Following regular season action, LC will participate in the annual Region X Tournament from April 27-29. The event will be hosted by the University of South Carolina-Sumter.

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LIFESTYLES

Annual Christmas tree decorating celebration
Everyone is invited to join the Franklin County Arts Council and its supporters for a time of celebration on Dec. 1
Franklin County students will be gathering at the Person Place  at 605 N. Main Street, Louisburg, for their annual Christmas tree decorating! Come out to see their beautiful tree with ornaments that uniquely feature the theme of N.C. History.

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SCHOOLS/EDUCATION

PROGRAM SALUTED
PROGRAM SALUTED
The Franklin County Schools Child Nutrition Program, along with Bunn Elementary School, received a USDA Best Practice Award at the North Carolina Annual Child Nutrition Administrators Conference recently. This is the 18th year in which the southeastern office of the USDA has given out the award. The district applied for the “Promoting a Healthy School Environment” piece.  At Bunn Elementary School, the focus is on nutrition and healthy choices.

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Collins honored for artwork
Collins honored for artwork
Franklinton Elementary School fourth grade student Dalton Collins was one of 14 statewide winners in this year’s North Carolina Farm to School Art Contest Calendar.
Collins was recognized at a reception at the North Carolina State Fair by North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

DAY OF SHARING
DAY OF SHARING
Thanksgiving is a day about sharing and giving thanks and that certainly was the central theme of a Community Thanksgiving Day dinner Thursday. The dinner was put on by A Blessing Inc., the group of volunteers that also operates soup kitchens in Franklin County throughout the year. In the photo above, Scott Wilson hands a carefully loaded plate to a youngster who may have arrived a little hungry but must have left full.

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NO RECREATION
NO RECREATION
A Louisburg man was cited for causing a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Dyking Road and N.C. 39 on Tuesday morning. According to Trooper P.L. Clayton, Napoleon Griffin was driving the Recreation Vehicle above South on N.C. 39 when he turned into the path of an 18-wheeler, background.

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New Landowner Protection Act should deter unwanted hunters
A new state law should give residents the hunting protections they need.
If not, peace officers should be one phone call away.
On Monday, Strickland Road resident Robert Henderson told the county’s Board of Commissioners that his property continues to be a haven for unwanted hunters who run across his property in search of game.

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Early risers
Early risers
The Pilot Lions Club has been hosting a Thanksgiving Day breakfast since 1978. Dozens of volunteers prepare the meal, starting as early as 4 a.m. to get ready, having worked well into the night before. The Lions expected to feed about 1,200 people with a meal that consisted of 250 dozen eggs, 22 hams, 40 gallons of orange juice, 35 pounds of grits, about 400 pounds of sausage, 30 cases of soft drinks and plenty of flour for biscuits. Above, Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones, standing, watches as Howard Jones, center, and Jerry Carlyle scramble eggs.

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Care and Share of Franklin County receives $2,000 gift from Food Lion
Care and Share of Franklin County has received $2,000.00 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation.  Care and Share of Franklin County will use the gift to purchase food and maintain proper storage until distribution twice weekly.

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USDA conservation programs deadlines
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced funding will soon be available for conservation programs in North Carolina. These federal programs, authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, provide financial and technical assistance to farmers and forestland owners to protect soil, water and other natural resources.

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Deputies investigate break-in at Marco’s Mini Mart
Franklin County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects in some home break-ins.
Deputies responded to a reported break-in the morning of Nov. 18.
According to the report by Dep. Kiel Gunter, sometime between the evening of Nov. 17 and the time the report was taken, suspects broke in through a front door to a home in the 4200 block of West River Road.

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BUSINESS

Area candidates pass Uniform CPA Examination
The North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examiners has announced that 197 North Carolina candidates successfully completed the Uniform CPA Examination during the  period  July  2011-September 2011.

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